The Royal College of Physicians (RCP) has released new research revealing the air in 44 cities in the UK contains more pollutants than is considered safe by the World Health Organisation (WHO). The research recommends that the Government should take immediate measures to invest in active travel, such as cycling and walking, and other sustainable modes of transport like electric vehicles and public transport. Currently ambient air pollution causes approximately 40,0000 premature deaths and over 6 million sick days at an estimated societal cost of £22.6bn per year.
The Transport & Health Summit 2018 will showcase the quality sustainable travel infrastructure and behaviour change initiatives that are incentivising active travel choices, reductions in poor air quality and noise pollution and how to encourage physical activity.
It will show how local authorities, practitioners and communities are making the most of significant new opportunities for closer collaboration between transport planning, public health and regeneration professionals in order to: Improve health; Deliver economic growth; Benefit the environment and influence greater uptake in active travel.
Find out more at Transport + Health 2018, where experts in the fields of public health and transport will provide practical blueprints for change:
- An evidence-based approach to designing environments for physical activity
- Clarifying differences in approaches to evidence generation and use